This month, we asked authors Darcy Fray, Kerry J. Charles and Victoria Noe—each of whom are participating in an Indie Author Day event in a different corner of the country—to take a few minutes to share their expectations, and how they plan to leverage their events to promote their work and build readership.
What library/event are you participating at for Indie Author Day?
Darcy Fray: Los Angeles Public Library
Kerry Charles: Portland (ME) Public Library
Victoria Noe: Edgebrook Branch, Chicago Public Library
What are your thoughts on Indie Author Day? How do you think it will benefit authors and libraries?
DF: Libraries offer indie writers the opportunity to expand and interact with their readership, while libraries will benefit by moving beyond the traditional channels of the publishing world and discovering new voices.
KC: I’m thrilled to be a part of Indie Author Day as the keynote speaker for Portland Public Library! Libraries are among the few places left where readers can browse through collections and learn about new authors. Indie Author Day allows authors who may not have the massive publicity mill behind them to share the limelight and connect directly with readers, and that’s one of the best parts of being a writer.
VN: I was thrilled when I heard about it. It brings together two natural constituencies: authors and places that value authors (libraries). Indie Author Day gives local indie authors – who are often shut out of having their books in library collections – a perfect introduction. It allows them to connect with libraries in a way that doesn’t overwhelm library staff. And it enables libraries to tap into a rich source of programming in their communities. There’s no downside – it’s a win-win!
How do you, as an author, plan to use Indie Author Day to promote your work and build readership?
DF: Looking forward to building upon my relationship with the LAPL staff, meeting other indie authors and hopefully having the opportunity to meet some new book lovers.
KC: I’m very lucky to have a career that allows me to bring enjoyment directly to others through my series, The Dulcie Chambers Mysteries. The best way to promote any book is to simply talk with others about it. Readers love to hear about something new because they’re always looking for that next book or author that will resonate with them. Indie Author Day will enable me to engage directly with readers, learning from them while introducing them to my books.
VN: I’m participating in a panel discussion with two other local authors. I’ve already started promoting it on my website and social media, as well as my newsletter subscribers, and will continue to do so. I hope to build on the success of October 8 to present programs at Edgebrook and other branches of Chicago Public Library.
What do you think of Indie Author Day as a means for engaging the local community with their library and local authors?
DF: I think it’s a fantastic idea. There are obvious benefits for the author, but I also think library patrons will enjoy the chance to interact with writers and hopefully lay the groundwork for lasting relationships.
KC: I’ve always believed that a library is a sanctuary for any reader – a place without any sales pitch or judgement. I would love to promote this message to the community on Indie Author Day, to tell them that in our busy lives we always have one place where we can simply take our time, think our own thoughts, and immerse ourselves in something that we love: a really good book!
VN: I think it’s close to perfect. I’m speaking at the branch library that I use the most, both for research and quiet work. I’ve made friends with the librarians, who were thrilled to find out that I’m a patron, too. Authors don’t always make the case that they’re readers, too, and are frequent library visitors. What we accomplish that day will be the first small step to what I hope will be lasting, productive relationships.
Fray, Charles and Noe join dozens of authors participating in Indie Author Day events at local libraries all over the country. Be sure to visit the Indie Author Day website for a complete list of participating libraries, as well as info on what to expect and how you can get involved.